Art Journal Page: Dare [for That’s Crafty]

I think I’ve said it before, but one of the benefits of being on a design team is that you get to play with new kit before it is available to everyone else. So – spoiler alert – it was exciting to see in yesterday’s post some¬†of the new That’s Crafty! journals, stencils and stamps that I will be using on my TV shows on Hochanda on 17th March (7am & 11am). This will be the only sneak peek I’ll be doing until the shows, so see what you can spot will be on sale!


There’s so much potential with the new kit for layering, building texture and depth, and so many new elements to add to a page. I hope you can join me either live, or on the catch up on the Hochanda website (or on record if you’re not up and watching TV already at 7am!). The first hour is going to be live in the Netherlands – my first live international audience ūüôā

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Art Journal Page: Pick A Stick Challenge [February]


I’ve been working hard on other projects and it’s been a while since I’ve had time to journal. Consequently, I’m two weeks behind on my Wanderlust course and also finishing this layout some two weeks after the challenge was set. For the uninitiated, the Pick-A-Stick Challenge group posts a monthly challenge with ten journaling prompts, which are drawn at random and have to be completed in order. It’s a great way to stretch your creativity.

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Background Check: Day 1

BC_participantI’m taking part in Online Card Classes’ Background Check, and it’s Day 1, and time to get inky! Some of the techniques aren’t new to me, but a couple are, and a great addition to my mixed media arsenal. Here are the highlights of this afternoon’s play:

I have to admit the cloud on the sunset was a happy accident Рmy not so low-tack tape happened to tear off my carefully blended area, so a little more ink and a cloud was born! The metallic like sheen on the purple image is also accidental Рthe Hero Art Ombré pads do seem to have an unpredictable effect when used direct to paper.

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I’m featured artist at SuzyMosh Creations Challenge Blog

It’s great to be recognised as an artist, and what better way than to be chosen as a ‘featured artist’ on a challenge blog. Thank you to Suzy Mosh who has done just that on her zentangle challenge site:

There’s still a day¬†to enter your work to be in with a chance of winning my tangle pattern book, and another week after that to show off your work. The work on show in the entries is superb and well worth a look too!

Craftwork Cards Dressform Workshop


Unfortunately, not enough people booked for the workshop to be held at Craftwork Cards HQ near Leeds on Saturday 26th April, and it has now been withdrawn.

As I’d got everything ready, I have sets of templates ready to go, so I have decided to run the workshop at my home studio in Leicester. Please book with me directly by following this link to my workshops page and scroll down to the April section.


Minor hiccup

Sorry about the lack of posts, particularly updates on college progress…. My iMac died in the middle of last week, probably the hard drive failing apparently (it’s five years old), and with it went my current photos of work. All being well, it will be back repaired next week and the back ups will have worked, and all will be restored!

If not – well… I’ll be busy re-photographing the work!